What can I say? It’s Rita Moreno. Her new show, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup doesn’t disappoint. Moreno beautifully sings and dances her way into your heart with her unforgettable stories, songs and dances. Now 79 (turning 80 in December), Moreno continues to shine in her new one-woman show at Berkeley Rep about her life’s journeys in and out […]Read more "Theatre Review: “Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup” @ Berkeley Rep, 09/07/11"
September is a great month for theatre in the Bay Area. First off, we have the first regionally produced production of Spring Awakening at San Jose Rep that’s opening next week (though previews begin on Friday). It’s one of my favorite shows and I’m very interested in seeing a new “take” on it. And I’m also very […]Read more "2011 September Bay Area Theatre Guide"
This post is written by our new writer, Jill Podolsky, who will cover theatre reviews in the Bay Area. I love Anna Deavere Smith. I loved her in “The American President” and in “West Wing” and I love her in “Nurse Jackie.” I have seen her speak twice and none of these hold a candle […]Read more "Theatre Review: “Let Me Down Easy” @ Berkeley Rep, 06/26/11"
If you’ve noticed, I’ve taken a little break in my theatre going over the last two months. I needed it after seeing over 60 shows last year alone. And frankly, there weren’t a lot of shows that struck my fancy over the last two months. Right now, I have five shows on the books and […]Read more "2011 March Bay Area Theatre Guide"
It’s rare that I leave a theatre speechless — very rare. Not only was I speechless, but I was emotionally spent by the end of the evening. Ruined, a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Lynn Nottage, is an emotional tour-de-force that never lets up. It’s actually hard to breathe throughout most of the second act. Ruined focuses in […]Read more "Theatre Review: “Ruined” @ Berkeley Rep, 03/02/11"
Disclaimer: I didn’t see every play and musical in the Bay Area or on Broadway, so unfortunately this isn’t a comprehensive list. I did see over 60 productions this year and saw a wide variety of plays and musicals at most of the Bay Area Theatre companies and several in Las Vegas, London and New […]Read more "Top 10 Best Plays/Musicals of 2010"
The composer is dead. Dun, dun, dun. It’s a mystery of epic proportions, except the fact is, is that almost every song that any orchestra plays, the composer is actually dead. Bach. Dead. Mozart. Dead. Beethoven. Really dead. So, it’s a mystery what the real mystery is. The Composer is Dead, is Berkeley Rep’s newest theatrical […]Read more "Theatre Review: “The Composer is Dead” @ Berkeley Rep, 12/2/10"